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Published August 11th 2011
Look for Mad Mex for the best burritos in town
For the best, freshest and tastiest burritos, Mad Mex in Fortitude Valley has to be your first stop. Located in the nightlife district of Brisbane, Mad Mex offers fresh, fast and fantastic Mexican meals to set you up for a big night ahead. Whether you are after burritos, tacos (both soft shell and hard shell) quesadillas, nachos or even their famous Grande Melt, their combination of Mexican flavours is a perfect way to satisfy any hunger.
To find Mad Mex, simply follow the pedestrian mall at Fortitude Valley away from the train station. Situated near the end, it is a small store with a small amount of seating inside and more room outside.
Once you are inside you are confronted with a fairly simple menu, which can be found on the website. If it is your first time, don't get too overwhelmed by the menu. Mad Mex make all their food fresh and so they will help you through all of the options as they create your selected cuisine along the bar.
Initially your choices are the ubiquitous burrito, taco, quesadilla or naked burrito (This is all the burrito fillings served as a salad, without the wrap). Gluten intolerant diets are well catered for with the nachos, hard tacos and naked burrito all available as gluten free options. Depending on your order you will then be offered beans and rice. The excitement really ratchets up, however with the choice of meat. All meats are either slow roasted until they are tender and infused with spices, or grilled. The options are chicken, beef, pork and steak strips (grilled). Vegetarians can select a fajita mix of eggplant, capsicum and mushrooms with free guacamole (Guacamole is $2 for other fillings).
Once you move on to the extra fillings, you will have your choice of salsa. Mild, medium and hot all feature to get the spice just right, along with a fresh corn salsa and also lashings of sour cream. Don't be afraid here as, with the exception of the guacamole, these fillings do not cost extra, unlike some other Mexican restaurants. Lettuce, tomato, cheese, and jalapeños are all available so go crazy and get your perfect combination.
Also on offer are a small range of sides such as warm tortilla chips, single tacos and churros with or without chocolate sauce. In terms of drinks they have the usual suspects, but also stock an imported Mexican soda called Jarritos which comes in guava and lemon-lime.
If, however, your meal is a prelude to a big night out (A great way to line your stomach), Mad Mex recently finalised a liquor licence. Partake in a Corona for a real Mexican beer, or if you are in need of something with a little more tequila, they also offer Margaritas by the glass.
So, the next time you are wandering in Fortitude Valley with an empty stomach, think twice before you grab just another burger or kebab. Mad Mex's food is fresh, great value and is a healthier alternative to many of the fast food opportunities in the valley.